Lewisham Council - Culture in empty spaces

Culture in empty spaces

Unusual spaces and locations can host many kinds of cultural activity.

If you are interested in creating your own projects please read our guide to using empty shops. Many of the suitable spaces in borough are privately owned and the first step should always be to contact the owner of the space in which you are interested. You can also search the commercial property database.

Useful websites

The National Federation of Artists Studio Providers
The professional membership body for all those engaged in developing and managing affordable studio space for visual artists.

Creative Cabins Toolkit
Poole Borough Council's toolkit for artists and organisations wanting to occupy empty spaces. Please note that this document should be used for guidance only, as the contact details are now out of date.

'Meanwhile' online forum
Helpful information – such as sample leases – for those interested in taking over temporary sites.

Creative Space Agency
London service that links owners of vacant property with creative professionals.


Lewisham wins Mayor of London's Cultural Impact Award

The award was announced by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, on 27 February ahead of revealing that Waltham Forest and Brent will be the London Boroughs of Culture in 2019 and 2020, respectively.

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